Local entities respond to Kirby layoffs

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Dozens are now out of work following a Starkville manufacturer shifting its production operations to another state, but several local leaders and workforce development officials are confident the transition for affected employees will be made easier by opportunities already available in the region. Kirby Building Systems, which operates under the Nucor Corporation brand at the former Gulf States plant on Airport Road, announced roughly 100 employees would be let go on Wednesday after the parent company decided to move production to Portland, Tennessee.